FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 16, 2019

written by Kristine Haruna Lee
directed by Aya Ogawa
presented in association with
Ma-Yi Theater Company

Suicide Forest is a bilingual nightmare play excavating the Japanese-American consciousness and its looming relationship with sex, suicide, and identity. In 1990’s Japan, a teenage girl grapples with her sexuality in a nightmarish, male-defined society as a salaryman desperately tries to escape his masochistic psyche. Both are clawing for their self-worth. When their two journeys collide, they expose their darkest desires fueled by shame as they now confront life and death with the notorious Suicide Forest looming over their imagination. Performed by a Japanese heritage cast, Suicide Forest breaks through the silence and submissiveness often associated with Japanese and Japanese American identity, examining the role of community and the inner struggles of emotional, psychic and social suicide through the playwright’s lived stories and inner landscape.

Featuring Yuki Kawahisa, Aoi Lee, Kristine Haruna Lee, and others. Scenic Design by Jian Jung, Lighting and Video Design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, Sound Design by Fan Zhang, Music Composition by Jen Goma, Costume Design by Alice Tavener

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



Sept 30, 2018:
The Asian WTFNB (Women/Trans/Femme/NonBinary) Performancemakers Potluck with community partner La MaMa ETC (*invite only)

January 23, 2019, 7:30pm:
Suicide Culture & its Influences on Artists (Lecture) - Organized and Hosted by Japan Society; a panel featuring playwright Kristine Haruna Lee

Early Feb (either 2nd or 3rd), 2019:
The Intergenerational Potluck

March 7, 2019:
Post-Show Conversation: Transposing Japanese Tropes in the United States (exact theme subject to change)

 Illustration credit: JP Kim

Photo credit: Sasha Arutynova
Illustration credit: JP Kim
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